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Do you eat food you have dropped on the floor?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 30, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Now that you are eating "paleo", do you eat food that you have dropped on the floor without dusting or rinsing it off to get the benefits of the probiotics from the food touching the floor?

It seems kind of silly to worry about a little bit of bacteria when your body is made up of over 90 trillion microbes.

http://discovermagazine.com/2007/jun/your-body-is-a-planet

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on December 02, 2012
at 08:45 PM

I intentionally drop all my food on the floor before eating it, dropping it on the floor and letting it sit there for a good thirty seconds ensures that the food is not too clean. Eating food that is too clean can compromise your immune system and digestive system over time. Food is to antiseptic these days which is why people get sick all the time. I haven't eaten an apple without first rubbing it on the floor in over four years, and during that time I have not had any digestive issues. Give rubbing your apple on the floor a try, you'll be surprised how much it improves your health.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 02, 2012
at 01:18 AM

My chuckle of the evening! Thanks Senneth.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 02, 2012
at 01:15 AM

Ha! Old folks use 10 second rule!

C2ad96801ec1e22d2bf62475b6e52751

(1416)

on February 01, 2012
at 03:10 AM

Hormesis brah, hormesis.

5b0f25610421dc54a8373e7d3e4a0f94

on February 01, 2012
at 01:49 AM

If there is hair, I spit the hair out... Always worked for me, even pre-paleo.

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(5639)

on January 31, 2012
at 03:52 AM

Meh...I eat my meat raw, so I don't worry too much about washing my hands after handling it. A good rinse is enough for me.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 31, 2012
at 02:54 AM

@syrahna, me either!

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on January 31, 2012
at 02:35 AM

Triclosan is the devil. It's like we want to make sure to grow super bacteria.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on January 31, 2012
at 02:34 AM

Line! Line! You crossed it! It's back there! (I tease!)

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on January 31, 2012
at 02:34 AM

Ha! This question makes me think of barns too. Specifically the fairground cattle barn of my childhood, where for one week a year I ate copious amounts of junk food while leaning against a cow. Good times! I wouldn't change a thing.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 31, 2012
at 02:09 AM

And your desk (for now). ;-)

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 31, 2012
at 02:09 AM

+1 I agree with your post TeaElf. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/going-grubby-the-primal-benefits-of-dirt-dust-dishevelment/

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 31, 2012
at 01:41 AM

+1 We've become way too germophobic. Not all bacteria is bad and we seem to want to kill them all.

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(10611)

on January 30, 2012
at 09:01 PM

Probably got worms too. Quick way to a paleo burial heap.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on January 30, 2012
at 08:59 PM

I haven't yet sunk to fighting the pets for scraps.

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(10611)

on January 30, 2012
at 08:58 PM

mmmmmm cat hair

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

(804)

on January 30, 2012
at 07:36 PM

I did just have my back surgically repaired this past Wednesday, so I might be racing the dog for those dropped scraps in the near future! Perhaps that isn't such a good idea, though...... Still bad for my back and it will probably piss the dog off!

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on January 30, 2012
at 07:22 PM

either that or just desperately hungry

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on January 30, 2012
at 07:13 PM

No 5 second rule for me. If I beat the dog, I call it good.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 30, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Yes, I guess pet owners don't have to worry about picking up food dropped on the floor since they own live vacuum cleaners.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on January 30, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Five second rule? Where's the challenge in that? Three seconds I thought!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 30, 2012
at 05:59 PM

LOL, I live with dogs and cats so I don't worry much. I figure I'm always kissing them anyhow, so what difference does it make?

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 30, 2012
at 05:54 PM

my answer exactly.

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on January 30, 2012
at 11:25 PM

do-you-eat-food-you-have-dropped-on-the-floor?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 02, 2012
at 01:18 AM

My chuckle of the evening! Thanks Senneth.

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Bad3a78e228c67a7513c28f17c36b3cf

(1387)

on January 30, 2012
at 05:52 PM

Ha, ha. Always have. Five second rule. Mind you, I don't imagine there are any beneficial probiotics on my floor. And I draw the line at dog hair.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on January 30, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Five second rule? Where's the challenge in that? Three seconds I thought!

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 30, 2012
at 05:54 PM

my answer exactly.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 02, 2012
at 01:15 AM

Ha! Old folks use 10 second rule!

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 30, 2012
at 05:50 PM

Umm . . . I always have, including my SAD/SHAD days. I'm old enough that I didn't grow up in today's germ-phobic environment. Depending on circumstances I may pick off hair or pop it in my mouth or I may give the item a quick rinse but I don't throw solid things away just because I drop them.

But then, I ate many lunches/snacks in barns and did the same thing there. If anything, I'm unusually healthy and don't get sick all that often so I'm not planning to change.

That said, when handling raw meat and even while cooking it my hands and implements get washed and re-washed until the exteriors of all chunks are well heat-sealed. I'm only casual about things I eat raw.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 31, 2012
at 02:54 AM

@syrahna, me either!

Medium avatar

(5639)

on January 31, 2012
at 03:52 AM

Meh...I eat my meat raw, so I don't worry too much about washing my hands after handling it. A good rinse is enough for me.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on January 31, 2012
at 02:34 AM

Ha! This question makes me think of barns too. Specifically the fairground cattle barn of my childhood, where for one week a year I ate copious amounts of junk food while leaning against a cow. Good times! I wouldn't change a thing.

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Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on January 31, 2012
at 01:52 AM

I just today read an article/blog in Scientific American about this very subject, titled "Eating Off the Floor: How Clean Living is Bad for You."

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2012/01/29/eating-off-the-floor-how-clean-living-is-bad-for-you/

Fascinating stuff!

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 31, 2012
at 02:09 AM

+1 I agree with your post TeaElf. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/going-grubby-the-primal-benefits-of-dirt-dust-dishevelment/

5
Cf4576cbcc44fc7f2294135609bce9e5

on January 30, 2012
at 08:11 PM

eating off the floor is completely gross and then somebody said it was bacon. i calmed down immediately.

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 30, 2012
at 05:55 PM

I used to do this all the time. But now, when I think about the copious amounts of bread my family eats, and all the bread crumbs that must be flying around like evil demons, I don't eat anything that has touched the floor. Who knows how many gluten are on there?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 30, 2012
at 05:59 PM

LOL, I live with dogs and cats so I don't worry much. I figure I'm always kissing them anyhow, so what difference does it make?

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Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

(804)

on January 30, 2012
at 07:01 PM

My dog usually gets it before my bad back and I can get down to pick it up.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 30, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Yes, I guess pet owners don't have to worry about picking up food dropped on the floor since they own live vacuum cleaners.

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

(804)

on January 30, 2012
at 07:36 PM

I did just have my back surgically repaired this past Wednesday, so I might be racing the dog for those dropped scraps in the near future! Perhaps that isn't such a good idea, though...... Still bad for my back and it will probably piss the dog off!

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on January 30, 2012
at 07:13 PM

No 5 second rule for me. If I beat the dog, I call it good.

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(10611)

on January 30, 2012
at 08:59 PM

I haven't yet sunk to fighting the pets for scraps.

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D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on January 31, 2012
at 02:47 AM

I rinsed things off way before I was paleo. 10 second rule and if there's dirt, I baptise the tidbit via faucet!

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on January 31, 2012
at 01:55 AM

I eat off the ground while camping, and while at home... I do maintain a certain level of clean in any kitchen area... So this is not nearly as filthy as some might think!

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 31, 2012
at 02:09 AM

And your desk (for now). ;-)

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on January 31, 2012
at 01:26 AM

For me all lines lead to eat it....Hell I've eaten stuff off of other peoples floor that I didnt even drop ;P???...seriously our society with their purrel and antiseptics and whatnot make me laugh. Me and my kids do none of it and are absolutely less sick for it!

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 31, 2012
at 01:41 AM

+1 We've become way too germophobic. Not all bacteria is bad and we seem to want to kill them all.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on January 31, 2012
at 02:35 AM

Triclosan is the devil. It's like we want to make sure to grow super bacteria.

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on January 30, 2012
at 10:33 PM

I dropped the cap of an Aquafina in the toilet while I was taking a leak. I thought to myself, "Ah hell, I'm paleo now", and I rinsed it off and continued using it.

Yeah, I eat food off the floor, too.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on January 31, 2012
at 02:34 AM

Line! Line! You crossed it! It's back there! (I tease!)

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79cb6f03dc808787f6d26bf37bc4c2b9

(229)

on January 30, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Depends on the food, depends on the floor. Visible dirt is not happening.

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Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

(4319)

on April 20, 2012
at 06:55 PM

yes. most of the time.

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27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on April 20, 2012
at 06:27 PM

Only if no one else is watching.

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Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

on February 03, 2012
at 05:08 PM

Rarely dust things off - i figure it won't kill me! So far it's worked - i am not dead. :)

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349c3e99b017b6402b1f76e7065864e8

on February 01, 2012
at 06:42 AM

Managed to rescue some of my breakfast off the kitchen floor before the dog pounced on it this morning!!;o)

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5b0f25610421dc54a8373e7d3e4a0f94

on February 01, 2012
at 01:48 AM

Always. Especially bacon... But I RARELY drop bacon.

5b0f25610421dc54a8373e7d3e4a0f94

on February 01, 2012
at 01:49 AM

If there is hair, I spit the hair out... Always worked for me, even pre-paleo.

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F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on January 30, 2012
at 10:46 PM

I'm more concerned about the superbugs in CAFO meat than I am the "germs" on my floor.

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Medium avatar

(10611)

on January 30, 2012
at 08:56 PM

Only if it's been dropped in the last hour and not covered with hair.

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193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on January 30, 2012
at 08:52 PM

The title of this cracked me up pretty hard, because my five year old son has recently discovered "Plants vs Zombies" and his favorite thing to do is quote Crazy Dave saying "I eat food off the floor!".

With that said, of course we do. I have young kids, and if the dogs don't get to it first and the floors have been cleaned in the past week, it's fair game.

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on January 30, 2012
at 08:03 PM

Yes, i havent drop dead yet. My floor propably has more beneficial bacteria than grocerie store vegs so i figure why not ;)

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3414f91a77f564517f30c391d36c85b4

on January 30, 2012
at 07:50 PM

I sweep my wood floors every morning because I have two cats. And I usually sweep up another cat. :) So yeah I've been known to eat something I've dropped especially if it's bacon.

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(10611)

on January 30, 2012
at 08:58 PM

mmmmmm cat hair

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33ed52e517e6fe8b1f3d7404979a02b6

on December 02, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I would never eat food off the floor e.g. piece of apple, not even if I rinsed it, in case the bacteria is still in the fruit.

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on December 02, 2012
at 08:45 PM

I intentionally drop all my food on the floor before eating it, dropping it on the floor and letting it sit there for a good thirty seconds ensures that the food is not too clean. Eating food that is too clean can compromise your immune system and digestive system over time. Food is to antiseptic these days which is why people get sick all the time. I haven't eaten an apple without first rubbing it on the floor in over four years, and during that time I have not had any digestive issues. Give rubbing your apple on the floor a try, you'll be surprised how much it improves your health.

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17164a6f86b7e51d1ec288d4729ad63c

on January 30, 2012
at 05:59 PM

Have your ever eaten butcher scraps that are about to be thrown into the garbage? How about insects? How about raw meat? How about dogs and cats and roadkill? If you've answered 'yes' to any of the above you are a radical nutritionist!

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on January 30, 2012
at 07:22 PM

either that or just desperately hungry

Medium avatar

(10611)

on January 30, 2012
at 09:01 PM

Probably got worms too. Quick way to a paleo burial heap.

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